George Zimmerman has not had much support since fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, until now as a neighbor has come forward to defend him.
Zimmerman is yet to be charged in the death of Martin, as he claims the shooting was in self-defense after an altercation broke out between the two when Zimmerman confronted Martin. The 17-year-old was walking back to his father’s girlfriend’s home located in the gated community after heading to the local convenience store for a snack when George shot him.
There have been calls from the Martin family for the FBI to step in and investigate the case after the Sanford police failed to arrest and charge Zimmerman for murder. The case has also raised racial tensions as Martin was an African-American and Zimmerman is of Hispanic ethnicity.
Now Frank Taaffe, a neighbor of Zimmerman’s and the head of the community watch program in the neighborhood of which Zimmerman was a part of is defending his actions.
Taaffe indicated that there had been eight burglaries committed by young black men in a 15-month period ahead of the February 26th incident in the neighborhood heightening Zimmerman’s anxiety when he saw Martin walking through the neighborhood at night.
“The stage was already set. It was a perfect storm,” Taaffe said. “George is a congenial, amiable, admirable person. He had a passion and a care for this neighborhood to ensure the safety of everybody here. And, furthermore, George is no Rambo.”
Taaffe believes Zimmerman did act in self-defense and explained that the tensions of prior burglaries added to Zimmerman’s anxiety of seeing Martin that night. “I think any time you use a weapon, there are certain anger issues working,” Taaffe said. “I think he had fed-up issues. He was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore.”
“It’s really sad that he’s already been convicted in the public media and has already been sentenced to the gas chamber, let’s let justice do its job,” Taaffe concluded.